Kurt Angle attending Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame inductions

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Kurt Angle to attend Tragos/Thesz HOF inductions

WATERLOO, Iowa—The most decorated amateur wrestler in professional wrestling history, Kurt Angle, will attend the 2015 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame weekend takes place on July 9-11 in Waterloo, Iowa.

Angle was inducted into the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame in 2013 but was unable to attend.

“Kurt Angle is arguably the greatest athlete to step foot in a wrestling ring,” said Kyle Klingman, director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. “His athletic background is second to none. We are honored that he will participate in our hall of fame week. This is truly special for everyone involved.”

Angle won NCAA championships at heavyweight for Clarion in 1990 and 1992. He went on to win a freestyle World championship in 1995 and an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, both at 220 pounds. Angle continues to have a highly successful professional wrestling career, winning every major title at every level. He has won World titles with both WWE and TNA.

This year’s induction ceremony marks the 20-year anniversary of Angle’s 1995 World championship. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum will have a special ring presentation to recognize Angle’s historic accomplishment.

“I’m excited that Kurt will be in my hometown of Waterloo,” said museum namesake Dan Gable, also a World and Olympic champion. “Kurt was part of a very successful era of international wrestling for the United States. We need to have that kind of success again.”

All-access passes to the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame induction weekend are available for $100. They can by contacting the Dan Gable Museum at dgmstaff@nwhof.org or by calling (319) 233-0745.

A full schedule of events will be released on a later date.

2015 Hall of Fame induction class

Lou Thesz Award—Brian Blair

Jim Melby Award—Wade Keller

Frank Gotch Award—Beth Phoenix

George Tragos Award—Matt Lindland

Distinguished Member (living)—Greg Wojciechowski

Distinguished Member (living)—TBA

Distinguished Member (posthumous)—Jim Londos

Special honoree—Kurt Angle